Just when you thought it was safe to go back into a theater, here comes Roland Emmerich, threatening once again to blow your theater, your city, your country and the rest of the world to smithereens. He did it with 'Independence Day' (1996) and 'The Day After Tomorrow' (2004) and he'll do it again in '2012,' starting around midnight Thursday.

Emmerich does deserve credit for switching apocalypse themes -- alien invasion for 'Independence Day,' environmental disaster for 'Day After Tomorrow' and a solar flare for '2012.' The latest movie exploits the myth of the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy, whose addled adherents believe earth's destruction will coincide with the end of the Mayan calendar, presumed to be Dec. 21, 2012.
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